The best resort in the TCI could go head to head with any resort in the Caribbean: Parrot Cay is all it's cracked up to be. Set on its own private 1,000-acre island, this celebrated seaside spot even smells good—the resort's signature Invigorate soaps perfume the air. If you're looking for a beautiful place to reset body and soul, Parrot Cay delivers. The rich and famous lend it a sophisticated cachet, no doubt, but Parrot Cay appeals to just about everyone: families, honeymooners, retirees.
On a parallel track, Parrot Cay is also a premier total-body wellness retreat, offering not only world-class spa treatments and yoga in the COMO Shambhala spa, but a creative menu of nutritious dishes. A new Michelin-starred chef from London has taken the spa menu and ratcheted up the flavor quotient—we've never had healthy food this delicious. It can't hurt that the resort is making a concerted effort at self-sustainability, planting banana and plantain groves and a coconut plantation. It's growing lettuces, tomatoes, and herbs on island. It's getting farm eggs and vegetables from the loamy soil of North Caicos, and fresh-caught tuna, snapper, grouper, and lobster from local fishermen. You can dine on the spa menu in either of the resort's two restaurants: The Terrace, in the main building, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine; and Lotus, on the pool deck, serving Southeast Asian–inspired cuisine and all-American classics like hot dogs and hamburgers. The bountiful breakfasts (included in the rates) are the best in the TCI and include spa juices and smoothies.
But Parrot Cay does more than nourish your body; this is a supremely zen place to be. The grounds are so spacious that even when the resort is booked up, you can have stretches of beach all to yourself. And what a beach! The gentle sapphire waters make an ideal spot to sail, stand-up paddleboard, or snorkel—the soft bottom is a treasure trove of snowy sand dollars and pink-tinged tellins. More than once we found ourselves in a staring contest with a bonefish, the quicksilver ghost of the saltwater flats. Equally fine are the accommodations, set on the hill in colonial-style buildings or in beach houses right on the sand. All rooms have a clean, sparely elegant look, each with a terrace or veranda, wood floors, beachy tongue-and-groove paneling, and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting. Spacious bathrooms have ceramic tubs and rain showers. Beach houses and villas have their own little heated plunge pools and paths right to the beach. Larger beach villas have swimming pools and full kitchens.Parrot Cay hums along year after year with the help of the most gracious staff in the islands, a polyglot assemblage of workers from Bali, the Philippines, Mexico, Jamaica, and right here in the TCI. Parrot Cay really sings, and they're a large reason why.